Kevin Strootman
Manchester United has scouted Kevin Strootman 12 times in recent weeks REUTERS

As the January transfer window comes closer, cash-rich Manchester City have joined the likes of Inter Milan and Real Madrid in the race for acquiring Eredivisie heavy weight PSV's midfielder Kevin Strootman who is currently worth £18 million.

The Dutchman, who came into prominence after his current performance against Israeli football club Hapoel Tel Aviv in a Europa League match, is regarded as one of the most talented players in the Eredivisie, and has also established himself as an important player in the Dutch national side.

Inter Milan was the first club to show interest for Strootman, 21, after learning about the youngster from his teammate Wesley Sneijder who currently plays his football in Italy. Manchester City and Real Madrid are the latest clubs to try and acquire the player's services this January.

PSV, however, will look to hold on to the talented player, but a fee of around £18m may see Strootman leave Holland, according to a Talksport report.

Strootman began his senior career with Sparta Rotterdam in January 2008, where he made 72 appearances, before signing with FC Utrecht where he stayed for just 12 months. He later moved on with PSV in a duo-transfer with teammate Dries Mertens for a combined total of €13 million.